Grand Rail Tours Archive

This section of our website contains details of previous escorted tours we have run and provides you with a comprehensive overview of the many different destinations we visit. The selection includes Grand Rail Tours which illustrate the great variety and quality of content of our holidays. We cater for both the general tourist who loves travelling by train AND the rail enthusiast who wants the railway journey to be a key part of the holiday.

These tours are currently unavailable as escorted tours, but they may provide inspiration and ideas for those looking to find a personalised Signature rail holiday. We can adapt tours to create tailor-made holidays for couples, families or groups of friends.

The prices for these tours are at the time the tour took place and are now out of date, but they provide a useful cost indication. Please don't hesitate to contact us direct if you wish to discuss any of the tours further.

Snow on the Alps

Tuesday 11 February to Thursday 20 February 2014

You are invited to join our annual holiday to the Swiss Alps. Majestic mountain scenery in winter sets the scene for an unforgettable experience.

Day 1 - Geneva

We depart on Eurostar mid morning from London St Pancras to Paris, then by TGV to Geneva for an overnight stay. Standard class travel with reserved seats.

Day 2 - Rhône Valley

Rhb Landwasser Viaduct - © Switzerland TourismFree time in Geneva until we leave mid- afternoon to travel to Brig. The city is often dismissed as an administrative centre for many world famous organisations but it is a gem in its own right. Take time to explore the compact old town area as well as sampling the extensive tram network. When we leave by train for Brig we will be using our first class travel pass which is valid on trains, postbuses, lake steamers and many city buses and trams. On arrival into Brig we transfer to our hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

Days 3 and 4 - Leisure Time

Glacier Express - © Swiss Travel SystemFree time based in Brig. Your experienced tour leader will be available to offer an optional excursion each day. If you prefer to be independent they will be happy to help with times and planning. There are several narrow gauge branch lines nearby which are worth a visit, likewise the car-free resort of Zermatt is delightful.

Day 5 - To Graubünden

Chur - © ST-swiss-imageTransfer by Centovalli line to Locarno where we have time for lunch. This line is one of the most scenic in Switzerland and takes its name from the number of side valleys along the route requiring bridges and viaducts to span them. Leaving Locarno we travel by train to Bellinzona before taking the San Bernardino postbus service to Chur. We stay in Chur for 4 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6 - Leisure Time

A free day allowing you the chance to explore Chur and the surrounding area using the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railways network. Your tour leader will again offer an excursion every day dependent on the wishes of the group and the weather.

Day 7 - Over the Alps on the Bernina Express

Bernina Express at Alp Grum - © Liz TurnerToday we offer a full day excursion from Chur to Tirano travelling on the Bernina Express. This scenic route with its spirals and tunnels and reaching an altitude of more than 2000m is one of the highlights of this tour. Return by the same route.

Day 8 - At leisure again

A second day at leisure and again, there will be the offer of an optional excursion. You can mingle with skiers in the chic resorts of Klosters and Davos or travel further afield using your travel pass. The choice is yours and your tour leader is on hand to help with planning.

Day 9 - To Basle

We leave Chur after breakfast for the short journey to Basle. Once we have checked in to the hotel for an overnight stay with breakfast included, the rest of the day is your own. Basle is well placed to take a short excursion into the Jura region. As an alternative you can explore the city itself using the extensive tram network to get around.

Day 10 - Au Revoir!

Taking the early morning direct TGV service from Basle to Paris we make a connection with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras, arriving back early afternoon.


  • Standard class travel to and from Switzerland
  • First class Swiss Pass for unlimited travel on trains, postbuses, lake steamers and many city buses and trams
  • Transfers in Paris
  • Bernina Express supplement
  • Accommodation in good centrally located hotels
  • En suite rooms on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour
Price per person:  
Escorted holiday: £1,680
Single room supplement: £176
Discount for two travelling together: £65
Deposit for this holiday: £100

Rates of exchange used are as at 1st May 2013


Romania at Harvest Time

UK’s Leading Specialist Operator to Romania

Saturday 14 September to Wednesday 25 September 2013

Preparing for winter © Ramona CazacuHarvest time in tranquil rural Romania.  Stay in family run “homestay” accommodation, enjoy locally grown produce and immerse yourself in local life. Visit remote Saxon villages with their fortified churches and ride three narrow gauge railways.

Read more: Romania at Harvest Time

Eastern Canada in the Fall

Wednesday 9 October to Tuesday 22 October 2013

Take the train through Canada’s great wilderness to Northern Quebec and Ontario, see the Fall season’s colours along the St. Lawrence River and enjoy the remoteness of James Bay. This is a tour for those who like something completely different and well away from the usual tourist beat.

Read more: Eastern Canada in the Fall

West Coast USA

Tuesday 11 June to Monday 24 June 2013

The enchanting coastal scenery of Northern California, Oregon and Washington State combine with the exciting cities of Seattle, Portland and San Francisco and some truly memorable rail journeys to make this a classic holiday in the best Ffestiniog Travel tradition.

Read more: West Coast USA

Discover Bohemia

Saturday 28 September to Thursday 10 October 2013

Experienced local guides share their in-depth knowledge of the medieval city of Prague and the lakes and forests of South Bohemia. Discover a wealth of history and stunning scenery as this tour unfolds.

Read more: Discover Bohemia

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